Grove of Titans

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A man glancing up at Screaming Titans, one of the coastal redwood trees in the Grove of Titans

The Grove of Titans is a redwood grove in Del Norte County, Northern California, with several massive coast redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) trees, some of the largest known redwoods in terms of wood volume. The largest coastal redwood tree in the grove by volume is the single-stem Del Norte Titan.[1] The Lost Monarch is comparably large, but a large sprout from the ground at its base is not part of the main trunk structure.


The Grove of Titans (unofficially named) was discovered May 11, 1998, by Stephen Sillett, and naturalist Michael Taylor in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.[2] The discovery implies that Sillett and Taylor are the first to realize and declare the significance of the grove, not that they were the first ones ever to see it.

Approximately 2011, a person from Oregon learned of and posted the grove's geolocation online. A surge of visitors followed, trampling hundreds of native plants. The surge of boot traffic triggered problems like damage to native plants, soil compaction, difficulty for scientists, and strain on limited park resources.[3] Between 2012 and 2016, approximately 8000 sq.ft. of ferns, sorrel and other plants were destroyed by visitors. The native plant damage was most evident around a redwood called Screaming Titans. In July 2016 the parks posted a sign which states up to 3300 sq. meters impacted.[4] It also used before and after photos to show the change over a period of several years. [5]

In May 2016, a $1,000 donation was sent by M. D. Vaden, Certified Arborist, to Redwood National and State Parks, earmarked for helping the Grove of Titans.[6] In 2017, the parks revealed the need for donations far beyond the first $1000, and described a $1,000,000 boardwalk and trail plan. The parks went public through an interview and news writer. The article revealed that a non-profit Redwood Parks Conservancy received $300 for the grove as of February 2017. Another update from Facebook said $5,000 had been given, far short of one million.[7]

The park is hoping to raise $500,000 to get a grant to build an elevated walkway at the park that will help mitigate the damage from foot traffic. The deadline to get this grant is Dec. 31, 2018.[8]


Names of the named largest redwoods in this grove include Lost Monarch, El Viejo del Norte, Screaming Titans, Eärendil and Elwing, Beregond, Aragorn, Sacajawea, Aldebaran, Stalagmight and Del Norte Titan.

Several abundant understory plants are California sword fern – Polystichum munitum and Redwood sorrel – Oxalis oregana.


The Grove of Titans is in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park of Northern California, south of Highway 199. The closest town is Crescent City, California. The location was described by author Richard Preston in his book The Wild Trees as "the bottom of a hidden notch-like valley near a glade." The exact location within the park has not been revealed in this book for fear that excessive traffic will damage the grove.

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  1. ^ "Sequoia sempervirens (coast redwood) description". The Gymnosperm Database. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  2. ^ Preston, Richard (2007). The Wild Trees: A Story Of Passion And Daring. Allen Lane Publishers.
  3. ^ Lizzie Johnson (November 26, 2017). "Hard-to-find redwood grove no longer so elusive, and trees are suffering". San Francisco Chronicle.
  4. ^ "Screaming Titans Coast Redwood. Sequoia sempervirens. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park". Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Grove of Titans Redwoods. Directions. The Facts, Photos and Funds". Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Coast Redwood Discovery. Sequoia sempervirens". Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  7. ^ "Saving Titans". Del Norte Triplicate. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Fans of once-secret California redwood grove race to fund a project to preserve it: Deadline is Dec. 31". LA Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 21 March 2019.

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Coordinates: 41°46′41″N 124°5′59″W / 41.77806°N 124.09972°W / 41.77806; -124.09972